Midwest Region Conserving the nature of America

Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in the Midwest

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Spill Contigency Planning and Response

 

Two Fish and Wildlife Service employees dressed in Tyvek suits stand with gear to capture and transport oiled wildlife.

Liisa Niva and Matt Stuber during an oil spill caused by the rupture of an Enbridge pipeline. Oil flowed into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan.

Photo by USFWS

The goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Spill Contigency Planning and Response is to emphasize early (contingency) planning and cooperation at the local, regional and national level in an effort to minimize injuries to fish, wildlife, and sensitive environments.

 

When an oil or chemical spills occur, our contaminant biologists respond to protect our nation's natural resources. During a spill incident, we provide technical expertise to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator to minimize harm to threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, certain marine mammals, freshwater fish, and their supporting habitat. We also oversee the collection and rehabilitation of oiled and injured wildlife. To ensure a successful and coordinated response effort, we regularly participate in spill response contingency planning and multi-agency response exercises with local, State and other Federal agencies, and with industry.

 


 

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